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“Hoochie Coochie Man”

Muddy Waters | 1954

One of the many classic songs written by Willie Dixon and recorded by Muddy Waters, "Hoochie Coochie Man" is a song that every blues guitarist and singer attempts to tackle. Not that they'd ever approach the primal sex appeal and groove of Waters and his classic early electric band. Waters' own band couldn't even do it in the 1970s: "I have to get in there with my guitar and try and bring it down to me," he explained. "But no sooner than I quit playing, it goes back to another different sound."

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“Whoomp! (There It Is)”

Tag Team | 1993

Cecil Glenn — a.k.a., "D.C." — was a cook at Magic City, a nude dance club in Atlanta, when he first heard women shout "Whoomp — there it is!" Inspired by the party chant, he and partner Steve "Roll'n" Gibson wrote a song around it. Undaunted by label rejections, they borrowed $2,500 from Glenn's parents and pressed 800 singles, which quickly sold out in the Atlanta area. A record deal came soon after. Glenn said the song was meant for positive partying. "If you're going to say 'Whoomp there it is,' and you're doing something negative, we'd rather it not have come out of your mouth."

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